Bollinger Special Cuvee is a rich Pinot Noir dominated Champagne which is, quite rightly, regarded as one of the very best NV Champagnes around. It is a complex wine with a lovely citrus core surrounded by pear, orange peel, rich toasty notes and spiced apple. Although a big name, Bollinger is still a relatively small production house and the Special Cuvee is made from a percentage (approx. 60%) of reserve wines or which 10-15% are kept in magnum for between 5 and 15 years. It is pure quality.
Champagne Bollinger was founded in 1829 by Joseph Bollinger and Athanase de Villermont. The company built a reputation for quality through the years in both France and England but it was the arrival of a lady of Scottish decent, Elizabeth Law Lauriston-Boubers who married Jacques Bollinger in 1923 that set the house on the path of greatness. Lily or Madame Bollinger as she was known with her graceful charm was the driving force behind Bollinger R.D., a brilliant brand ambassador and dauntless businesswomen. The brand is today famous for its association with James Bond and Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous – what an amazing marriage that would have made!